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Old 06-19-2014, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Russia, Mexico - they should be better than they are. Hardly crap, but you'd think they'd have a richer history.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Spain has to be down there, right ? I mean anybody who is two nil down and has only got the option of Fernando Torres has to be pretty bad ? lol
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I believe the FIFA June 2014 WC rankings has the US as somewhere around 13th, which doesn't seem too bad to me. Perhaps they are they just pandering to ESPN then?

The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - FIFA.com
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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Its quite funny how football is "The World Game" as the local TV in Australia likes to call it, yet 5 of the 10 biggest countries by population in the world are hopeless at it, and that's not including the USA, Japan and Nigeria, which are at best, intermediate.
They are hopeless at most sport but for some of them at cricket and bodybuilding.. The Olympic Games are the closest thing to a world sporting event and India does worse than some ultra-small countries.
But it doesn't mean Indians don't watch the World Cup.
Football gives cricket a close run - The Times of India
An estimate 100 millions viewers isn't nothing knowing how poor a huge part of the population is.
Football is with no contest the most global sport.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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Exactly. I know for a fact that in Kolkata the capital of West Bengal, football is king. They love it more then cricket.

China sucks at it but apparently according to those in here, is soccer obsessed. A lot of countries that suck like Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia, the sport is still king.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:24 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Australia once beat American Samoa 31-0 in a World cup Qualifier without any of its best players.

I'm curious ... what is the soccer etiquette for when your team is up 10-0? 20-0? 30-0?
Keep possession only and don't take any shots on goal or play as you normally would?

If you were on the other end of a vicious drubbing ... which would you rather have your opponent do?
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I'm curious ... what is the soccer etiquette for when your team is up 10-0? 20-0? 30-0?
Keep possession only and don't take any shots on goal or play as you normally would?

If you were on the other end of a vicious drubbing ... which would you rather have your opponent do?
The etiquette is 'ass rape', at least in Europe. If you're leading 10-0, the attitude is "let's do 10 more". We don't have the "let them keep their dignity" mentality like in US college sports.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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China. they love soccer, are great at other sports like gymnastics, have lots of teams in leagues but suck
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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The etiquette is 'ass rape', at least in Europe. If you're leading 10-0, the attitude is "let's do 10 more". We don't have the "let them keep their dignity" mentality like in US college sports.
Hell yeah and why should they, if a team is there for the slaughter, then slaughter them!
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The etiquette is 'ass rape', at least in Europe. If you're leading 10-0, the attitude is "let's do 10 more". We don't have the "let them keep their dignity" mentality like in US college sports.
So no sportsmenship etiquette at all?
Ok, forget about preserving the opponent's dignity ... doesn't it get boring?
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